"When some of my friends have asked me anxiously about their boys, whether they should let them hunt, I have answered, yes - remembering that it was one of the best parts of my education - make them hunters."

Henry David Thoreau, 1854

“A citizen who shirks his duty to contribute to the security of his community is little better than the criminal who threatens it.” - Robert Boatman

Sunday, August 31, 2008

Other Items this weekend!

Shooters, Greetings and happy September! Yup, its time once again to run our monthly match, only difference is that this month we will be having Classifiers only. Due to a high number of unclassified shooters, it is in order to do this.
For the classifier match this month only, we will be requirering "IDPA membership". What this means is that if you have not joined IDPA yet, you will not be able to shoot this Saturday, this match is reserved for the classification of IDPA members.

Shooters will need to plan on shooting a 90 round course straight thru. Bring extra ammo in case of a re shoot (re shoots will be explained if the need arises).All the standard fair applies EXCEPT:*Sign ups will be from 8:00am-8:30am*Entry fee is $20.
If you have any questions, don't hesitate to call or e mail me Rick 216-8633

The Gunfight at Battlerock
The Windygap Regulators

Colorado State Match
Sept 4,5,6,7 2008
Cortez Colorado

More Info Here and here

Texas Open Carry effort

Found this photo this morning--Thought it was a nifty little sign...

Sunday, August 24, 2008

Match Scores

Orchard Mesa Gun Club High Power Matches

July Scores Here

August Scores Here

Orchard Mesa Gun Club August Schuetzen Match

Scores Here

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Thursday, August 21, 2008


I read these two paragraphs in a Dean Koontz book (The Good Guy). They seemed somewhat telling, and I decided to include them in today’s post, for your introspection.

Contemporary Americans were so prosperous, so happily distracted by such a richness of vivid entertainments, they were reluctant to have their fun diminished by acknowledging that anything existed with fangs and fierce appetites. If now and then they recognized a wolf, they threw a bone to it and convinced themselves that it was a dog.

They denied real threats by focusing their fear on the least likely of armageddons: a massive asteroid striking the earth, superhurricanes twice as big as Texas, the Y2K implosion of civilization, nuclear power plants melting holes all the way through the planet, a new Hitler suddenly rising from the ranks of hapless televangelist with bad hair.

Friday, August 15, 2008

Texas: Teachers Can Carry Guns

A tiny Texas school district will allow teachers and staff members to carry concealed firearms to deter and protect against school shootings when classes begin this month, provided the gun-toting employees follow certain requirements. The community, Harrold, is about 150 miles northwest of Fort Worth. Ken Trump, a school security expert in Cleveland who advises districts nationwide, said Harrold was the first district with such a policy. For employees to carry a pistol, they must have a Texas license to carry a concealed handgun; must be authorized to carry by the district; must receive training in crisis management and hostile situations; and must use ammunition designed to minimize the risk of ricocheting bullets.

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Wednesday, August 13, 2008

DOW offering Huntmaster training this weekend

The Colorado Division Of Wildlife is hosting a two-day seminar on Huntmaster training Saturday and Sunday at the Northwest Regional headquarters, 711 Independent Ave.

Huntmasters are volunteers who have completed the special training and then pass their knowledge on to people who are beginning hunters or maybe never hunted before but want to learn.

You don’t have to be a Huntmaster to make a difference. Trained volunteers are needed as photographers, shooting instructors, cooks, registration officials and more. Interested volunteers may receive additional training to become certified Huntmasters.

The weekend Huntmaster training simulates a two-day hunt and prospective Huntmasters eat, sleep and work at the training site to get a realistic feeling for what the program demands.

Information about the weekend training seminar is available online here

Rebecca (Beki) Snyder

Pistol National Team

Three-time Olympian (1996, 2000, 2004)
2008 U.S. Olympic Team Member in Women's 10m Air Pistol and Women's Sport Pistol

Date of Birth: 6/15/76
Birthplace: Didsbury, Alberta, Canada
Hometown: Grand Junction Colorado
Event(s): Air Pistol, Sport Pistol

Competition Highlights

2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Shooting (Smallbore), first place in Women's Sport Pistol, qualifying for a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team

2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials, 1st place in 10m Air Pistol, qualifying for a spot on the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team

2004 Olympic Games, 22nd in sport pistol and 19th in air pistol

2000 Olympic Games, ninth place in sport pistol and 25th place in air pistol

1996 Olympic Games, 30th place in air pistol


Beki’s father taught her how to shoot when she was 12 years old

Did You Know?

Beki lettered in diving in high school and has a black belt in taekwondo. She also enjoys snowboarding in her free time.

Link to article in the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel here

Callahan finishes 25th, Snyder Takes 28th Place in Women’s 25m Pistol

The Women’s 25m Sport Pistol competition took place today at the Beijing Shooting Range Hall with Libby Callahan (Columbia, S.C.) taking 25th place, while Beki Snyder (Colorado Springs, Colo.) finished 28th.

Fifty-six year old Libby Callahan (Columbia, S.C.), who is the oldest known American woman to compete for the U.S. at an Olympic Games (winter or summer), finished with a total score of 575.

“I made some mental airs that cost me from being competitive in the match,” said Callahan after her competition. “I am really disappointed, but I have enjoyed being here in Beijing for the Olympics and overall it’s been a great experience.”

Snyder (Colorado Springs, Colo.), who was competing in her second event of the 2008 Olympic Games, also earned an overall score of 575 points. Both Callahan and Snyder have competed in three previous Olympic Games.

Chen Ying of China won the gold medal with a final score of 793.4, which is a new Olympic record. Mongolia’s Otryad Gundegmaa earned the silver medal with 792.2 and the bronze went to Dorjsuren Munkhbayar of Germany with 789.2.

Entire article here

2008 U.S. Olympic Team Roster

Emily Caruso (Fairfield, Conn.) - Women's Air Rifle
*Jamie Beyerle (Lebanon, Pa.) - Women's Air Rifle
*Jason Parker (Omaha, Neb.) - Men's Air Rifle
Stephen Scherer (Billerica, Mass.) - Men's Air Rifle
Brenda Shinn (Riverside, Calif.) - Women's Air Pistol
*Beki Snyder (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Women's Air Pistol
Brian Beaman (Selby, S.D.) - Men's Air Pistol
*Jason Turner (Rochester, N.Y.) - Men's Air Pistol

RIFLE (Smallbore)
Mike Anti (Winterville, N.C.) - Men's Prone Rifle
*Matt Emmons (Browns Mills, N.J.) - Men's Prone Rifle, Men's 3 Position Rifle
*Jason Parker (Omaha, Neb.) - Men's 3 Position Rifle
Jamie Beyerle (Lebanon, Pa.) - Women's 3 Position Rifle
Sandra Fong (New York, N.Y.) - Women's 3 Position Rifle

PISTOL (Smallbore)
Libby Callahan (Columbia, S.C.) - Women's Sport Pistol
*Beki Snyder (Colorado Springs, Colo.) - Women's Sport Pistol
Daryl Szarenski (Saginaw, Mich.)- Men's Free Pistol
*Jason Turner (Rochester, N.Y.) - Men's Free Pistol
Keith Sanderson (San Antonio, Texas) - Men's Rapid Fire Pistol

Corey Cogdell (Eagle River, Alaska) - Women's Trap
Bret Erickson (Bennington, Neb./Muenster, Texas) - Men's Trap
Dominic Grazioli (San Antonio, Texas) - Men's Trap
Glenn Eller (Katy, Texas) - Men's Double Trap
Jeff Holguin (Yorba Linda, Calif.) - Men's Double Trap
Kim Rhode (El Monte, Calif.) - Women's Skeet
Vincent Hancock (Eatonton, Ga.) - Men's Skeet
Sean McLelland (Mission, Texas) - Men's Skeet

Monday, August 11, 2008

NRA INSTRUCTOR TRAINING--Grand Junction Colorado

NRA Instructor Course (Basic Pistol--Personal Protection in the Home)

Grand Valley Training Club
839 Rapid Creek Rd.
Palisade, CO 81526
(970) 464-5177

Class Dates: To be announced. If you are interested contact Linn at the above email address, or Sharon at 464-5177

The NRA Basic Pistol and Personal Protection Course provides the necessary knowledge, skills, and attitude for safe firearm handling. The continued success of these classes depends on the participation of instructors. You are invited to attend the next NRA Basic Pistol and Personal Protection Instructor Class, which will be held at the Division of Wildlife Hunter Education Building at 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 19, 2007 and will continue all day Saturday and Sunday, December 20 and 21 starting at 7:30 a.m. both days. The fee is $225.00 per person.

Teaching experience of instructors:
· Extensive training in U.S. military in both firearms and tactics.
· Professional teachers.
· NRA Certified Training Counselors.

Why you need this class: Grand Valley Training Club is one of the oldest and most professional in Colorado. You will have the opportunity to team teach with those with high teaching standards and are serious about your training environment.

Please call me at 464-5177 for more information. To sign up, send a check for $225.00 by December 12, 2008 to confirm your class seat:

Grand Valley Training Club
839 Rapid Creek Rd.
Palisade, CO 81526

Linn Armstrong, NRA Senior Training Counselor

If you are interested in becoming an NRA Certified Instructor contact:
Sharon Armstrong ---464-5177--

Wednesday, August 6, 2008

IDPA Match Scores

Match scores from the August 2nd match in Grand Junction are posted here:

Just a click away!!